Japan, US vow to boost cooperation with Solomon Islands amid Chinese influence

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Japan, US vow to boost cooperation with Solomon Islands amid Chinese influence

Senior government and military officials from Japan and the United States vowed on Sunday to strengthen cooperation with the Solomon Islands amid increasing Chinese influence, as they gathered in Honiara to mark the 80th anniversary of World War II Battle of Guadalcanal.

The fierce battle between U.S. Marines and Imperial Japanese forces over the island of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands in 1942 spanned about six months and resulted in some 22,000 deaths among Japanese forces, many of whom died due to starvation and disease. The Allied forces suffered some 1,600 casualties in the fighting, while thousands more died of disease.

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